s200_james_l-smithI am Dr James Smith, a researcher who edits, or an editor who does research.

Scrivener & Smith is where I do both of these things together, and where you can learn more about me. The factors that tie my research, my editing, and my career together are creativity and openness.

A little about me: I received my doctorate in History from the University of Western Australia in 2013, was a research associate at the University of York from 2015-17, and now live in Ireland. My first academic book is Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). I have also edited a volume entitled The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and am currently co-editing a themed volume of the Open Library of the Humanities on New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies.

I balance my time between scholarly research and freelance services. In 2017-18, I will be a visiting research fellow at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub. See more about my work here. I am also the marketing officer for the Open Library of Humanities, a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs), and funded by an international consortium of libraries.

In addition I have over over six years of editing experience in academic and commercial publishing. Most recently, this has included freelance work as a house editor and advanced editor (online testing) for Thomson Reuters UK. I am an Intermediate Member of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders.


I am on Twitter and LinkedIn in my portfolio of capacities.